Former Atlanta Falcon Dewey McClain has taken the oath of office as the new president of the Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council (AFL-CIO).

The Atlanta North Georgia Labor Council is an advocate for all working class communities. While placing emphasis on coalition building and partnering for working men and women in their battle for a strong working community, the AFL-CIO also advocates for workplace justice and equal opportunities.

McClain noted, “One of my many goals is to educate the communities on the resources that the Central Labor Council has to offer. This would create a lasting social and economic change for their families and communities. I am delighted to carry the torch in support of the mission – which is to build on the strength and capacities of workers and working communities, to be relationship driven and community focused. I plan to concentrate on an agenda that captures local definition, creativity and hope and which promotes and supports local leadership.”

McClain is a graduate of the class of 1976 from East Central University, in Ada, Okla., with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in history and supplemental minor degrees in psychology, government, sociology and physical education.

He went on to sign as a linebacker with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League and played for five years. McClain also played for two years in the United States Football League. He is a founding member and past president of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) Metro Atlanta Chapter and former member of the National Former Players Board of Directors of the NFLPA.

McClain retired from the City of Atlanta after serving 18 years in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and four years with Atlanta Workforce Development Agency. He has received a host of special awards for his achievements including the 2011 Jessie Jackson Sportsman of the Year Award and the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. March Committee Rev. James Orange Award.

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